I Will Believe What I Feel Is Right, By DT
By Jonas Yoder
November 1, 2018
Hello, Amish Voice:
I agree that just because we don’t drive cars or have cell phones we are no better than anyone else, but if we leave the denomination we were baptized in, the Lord will not know us on Judgment Day. So believe whatever you want, and I will believe what I feel is right.
- DT from OH
Jonas Yoder responds:
Thank you for writing to us at the Amish Voice. I am unaware of where the Bible teaches that if a person were to leave a particular denomination into which he was born, God would not know him on Judgment Day. If that were true, we would have to believe that either any person from any faith or no faith would get to heaven if they stayed with their particular people group until they die, or else we would have to believe that certain people groups are automatically condemned to hell at birth based on their particular people group.
It may also be that you are referring to an often misunderstood Bible verse: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle (2 Thessalonians 2:15).
I know many people simply assume Paul was teaching that whatever particular traditions you have been taught is what a person needs to continue in until death, which would have to lead a person to believe that the above explanation was true—that either all people who stay in their particular tradition will someday go to heaven, or else God automatically condemns certain people to hell simply because of who they were born to.
In context of what Paul was writing to the church of the Thessalonians, he was simply encouraging them to continue in the faith as they had received it from God through his teachings.
So, keep reading the Bible and following Jesus, knowing that God sees our hearts and knowing that our hearts must be made pure before Him, even if we go to church!
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